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Miscellaneous Interesting Lists

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The “Noble” Wine Grapes

The term “Noble” signifies a wine grape generally considered one of the truly great wine grapes in the world. There is no standard or authoritative list, and different sources’ lists may vary a bit. The original “Noble Grapes” were six in number, almost all of French origin; few today go by that list, feeling it is—among other failings—too blatantly Francophile.

The list below, some eighteen grapes, seems to be the modern consensus, though as noted above there is no actual “standard” list. The six original “Noble” grapes are each marked with an asterisk.

It is important to understand that lists like that are not definitive, and indeed not really very helpful at all. There are numerous wine grapes producing wine arguably as good as or even better than some of those “noble” grapes—just offhand, one might mention Aglianico, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel. So regard such lists as amusing sidelights, not infallible guides.

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Scarcities

Listed below are wines from reasonably well-respected grapes, but which wines are quite scarce in the U.S.—so much so that it didn’t seem needful to even put up a page about them here. Still, there are these few odd samples that you might run across somewhere and might want to be aware of. (The wine names are links to their pages at Wine Searcher.)

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Especially Inexpensive Wines

Listed below are wines appearing on the various "Try These" lists on the individual wine-grape pages, which wines are available at less than $10. Note well that that is not the average or “typical” price level for these wines: it simply means that at least one retailer found on either of Wine Searcher or 1000 Corks (or both) had that wine listed for sale at under $10 (at the time we made this list). That might mean that that retailer is the only one in the country offering that price, or it might mean that no one charges over $10. You’ll have to check them out to see. (Be aware that if you have not subscribed to the Wine Searcher “Pro” version, for some wines you might not see the lowest price listing.)

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The wine names are click-on links to the "To Try" list for the grape variety in question. (In some cases, the wine variety in question may not yet have a page here; in such cases, just use the wine search engines direct: Wine Searcher and 1000 Corks.)

Inexpensive Red Wines:

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Note! Be careful about minding vintage dates on inexpensive white wines: often a retailer will be selling a given white wine for rather less than competitors because the wine is, so to speak, past its “sell-by date”. While there are some white wines that can withstand, or even benefit from, some bottle aging, few inexpensive ones will. Look over available reviews of that wine, which will often include a “drink by” year or range.

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